SEATTLE - Playing second base behind Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Wednesday night was the crowd fave of the Rogers Centre faithful.
And apparently, he doubles as the people’s choice of the Blue Jays fans from British Columbia.
Munenori Kawasaki was in the lineup facing Hisashi Iwakuma as the Jays tried to avoid a sweep of their series here with the Mariners.
With the help of Naoko Sato, the talented Nikkan Sports News scribe, we spoke to Kawasaki before the finale of the three-game series.
Kawasaki played 11 seasons in Japan, his final season was 2011 with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks before he came to North America to play for the Mariners.
Now, on some questions, we needed help from Sato. On others, Kawasaki answered himself, for his English has made great strides since his “I am Japanese!” interview after his walk-off hit against the Baltimore Orioles.
And his sense of humor remains intact.